NEW APPLE BLOSSOM WIND FARM PROVIDES CLEAN, AFFORDABLE ENERGY
As part of our continued effort to keep your energy bills affordable and generate more renewable energy in Michigan, we’ve agreed to purchase energy from the new Apple Blossom Wind Farm. This new 100-megawatt wind farm is located in Michigan's Thumb region, and is scheduled to provide power to Michiganders in October 2017.
HARVESTING THE WIND
Wind is a significant part of our strategy to provide you with affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, especially as we retired seven of our oldest coal-fired power plants in April 2016. To achieve this, we:
Own and operate two wind farms and purchase power from seven Michigan wind farms.
Opened our first wind farm, the Lake Winds® Energy Park in Mason County, in 2012.
Began commercial operation at the Cross Winds® Energy Park in Tuscola County, in late 2014 and are currently constructing the Cross Winds® Energy Park II expansion.
APPLE BLOSSOM BY THE NUMBERS
10% – The amount of energy from renewable sources. When Apple Blossom goes online, we will exceed this number
100 – Megawatts of clean, renewable energy generated by the wind farm
150 – Number of construction jobs created. The Apple Blossom project also provides 10 permanent full-time jobs
15 – The number of years we will purchase electricity from Apple Blossom.
$700,000 – The amount of annual tax revenue the wind farm will provide for local governments and schools
LEADING THE WAY
We’re developing our first community solar program, called Solar Gardens, generating electricity from locations at Grand Valley locations at Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.
Along with wind and solar power, our renewable energy portfolio also includes hydroelectric power and biomass.
Support Solar Gardens
Join the solar energy movement and help preserve what we love about Michigan.